NPR: Tea Party Groups Faced Much Tougher IRS Scrutiny
That's a chart compiled by NPR based on House Ways & Means Committee data about groups whose names put them on the IRS "be on the lookout" list while applying for tax-exempt status. Despite claims that all sorts of groups were targeted, this suggests that the Tea Party and "patriot" groups really took it on the chin. "The analysis is the closest so far to an objective numerical accounting of how the groups were treated by the IRS," writes NPR, which also quotes Dems and Reps complaining about bias in the investigation.
HT: David French at NRO.
Recall that back in May, President Obama—who has not been implicated in the scandal—called the IRS' behavior "intolerable and inexcusable." More recently—last week—he called it a "phony scandal."